Cleanup begins after strong storms leave widespread damage across the Tri-States
(WGEM) – Strong storms left damage behind in several Tri-State communities Friday night, affecting homes and businesses, and cutting off power to several areas.
Winds uprooted trees and snapped off branches in Perry, Missouri, where there’s extensive damage across the town.
Pieces of barns and sheds were reported to be blown around town. Shingles were also ripped off of roofs on homes.
Perry residents say they’ve been told they could be without power for up to a day. They say firefighters were going door-to-door to locate residents who needed power for medical reasons.
The power was also knocked out in Monroe City, Missouri, as storms downed trees and power poles in the area.
Several power poles were knocked down along Route W, south of Monroe City.
Ralls County Sheriff Brad Stinson said Blackjack Marina at Mark Twain Lake sustained severe damage, and asked people to avoid the area.
Not far away, at Jellystone Campground, campers said storms left behind a great deal of damage.
Marion County Presiding Commissioner David Lomax, who happened to be camping at the campground Friday night, said a trailer at the campground was lifted off its leveling blocks and pushed sideways a couple of feet. He said a piece of debris landed just feet from his travel trailer.
“I heard the classic tornado-freight-train roar at about (10:10 p.m.), moving from northwest to southeast, passing perhaps a half-mile east of us.” Lomax said. “My trailer was blown up onto two wheels a couple of times as it went through.”
Lomax said he packed up and left after the storm blew through, since the storm knocked out the power.
West-Central Illinois didn’t avoid the damage. A Mt. Sterling, Illinois business owner said the storms snapped trees and power poles in half, knocking some of that down near his business. He said a lot of the damage was on the east side of Illinois 99.